"The Lord of the Rings"
For many years the greatest trilogy "The Lord of the Rings"
has been available only in a print version. The first attempt to make a
screen version was made in 1958 by a certain Zimmerman, who wrote a film
script for "The Lord of the Rings". J.R.R. Tolkien looked through it and
in his letter to Forrest Ackerman heavily criticized this feeble attempt.
It turned out that the script didn't reflect many of Tolkien's thoughts
and some of the characters lost their appeal. It was hard to film the book
as a lot of peculiarities had to be taken into account.
After some 40 years, when shooting techniques had considerably
improved, it became possible to make fantasy look like reality. But
without a very good producer (Peter Jackson), excellent script writers
(Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens) and a distinguished cast the
film wouldn't have had its roaring success. It is enough to look at the
cast list at the end of the film to understand what one needs to bring
a legend to life.
The filming began on October 11, 1999 and is produced by
New Line Cinema. Total budget of the film makes up approximately $200-300
ml. Many special effects, re-creation of the characters of Middle-earth, required great expenses. Hopefully they hired someone with a good business management degree or an online degrees to manage all that money.
The first part of the trilogy turned out to be a tremendous
spectacle. Beautiful landscapes of New Zealand as well as fine music by
Howard Shore help to plunge us into the atmosphere of "The Lord of the Rings".
In all the three parts of the film it is planned to have
approximately 1200 episodes using computer graphics. They include a fierce
battle of the Last Alliance with Sauron, computer-generated constructions
(such as Isengard and Moria, the Kingdom of the dwarves),
and some creatures (like Gollum or an eagle who saves Gandalf's life). Gollum,
to some extent, has become a unique character. He is the result of combining
a computer animation with capture movement technology. The latter is achieved
with the help of a robot, which transmits the movements of an actor, standing
off screen. Gollum turned out to be surprisingly realistic and it seems
that a real actor plays him. Peter Jackson and His Weta ltd is responsible
for all the special effects.
Of course, the film somewhat differs from the book. Peter
Jackson said that he was making an interpretation of "The Lord of the Rings"
and wasn't going to follow the book strictly. The first part of the film
has had a huge success, and may this success attend the two other parts
of the film!